August 14, 2010 |
Before Wednesday, the last time the Union played to a draw it felt like a loss. Yet, after Wednesday's 1-1 tie at PPL Park with defending Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake, there was a much different feeling. In fact, following Sunday's 3-1 loss at FC Dallas, the Union (4-10-4) received some needed confidence by earning the draw with Real Salt Lake, a team battling to defend its MLS championship. Actually, it's been the toughest stretch of the season for the Union and it continues with Saturday's 4 p.m. game at PPL Park against the Colorado Rapids (7-5-6)
March 18, 2011 |
The 16th MLS season begins in earnest this weekend with parity as the buzz word. The first game took place on Tuesday, when the Los Angeles Galaxy earned a 1-0 win in Seattle against Sounders FC. The remaining 16 MLS teams will open their season on Saturday. That includes the Union, who visit Houston to meet the Dynamo. As the opening game suggested, the Galaxy and their star-studded lineup that includes David Beckham and Landon Donovan and has added high-scoring Juan Pablo Angel (who missed the opener because of illness)
August 12, 2010 |
Peanut butter and jelly. Fish and chips. Cheese and pretty much anything. The point? These ingredients complement each other to near perfection, just like Union forwards Sebastien Le Toux and Danny Mwanga. It was a reunion of sorts last night for Le Toux and the rookie Mwanga, who didn't seem to be feeling the effects of an ankle injury that kept him out of action for the last three matches. Against defending Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake and without forward Alejandro Moreno - not in the lineup because of an international callup for his native Venezuela in a match against Panama - the Union emerged with a 1-1 tie, fueled by an early Mwanga goal, in the eighth minute.
April 15, 2014 |
UNION FORWARD Maurice Edu scored in the 90th minute to give Philadelphia a 2-2 tie with Real Salt Lake at PPL Park on Saturday. Andrew Wenger, acquired last week in a trade with Montreal, opened the scoring for the Union (1-1-4) in the 55th minute, assisted by Vincent Nogueira. Union goalkeeper Mac MacMath made five saves against Real Salt Lake (2-0-4). "We played some good soccer throughout the game," Union manager John Hackworth said. "We possessed the ball, went side to side and made them do a lot of work.
September 4, 2011 |
SANDY, Utah - If the Union were going to turn things around in time to break into the Major League Soccer playoffs, Saturday night would have been a good moment. But coming off nearly two weeks of rest and playing against a Real Salt Lake side missing eight players to injuries and international duty, the Union failed to capitalize on their opportunities, falling 2-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Union fell behind in the 18th minute when Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman bounced a short corner off teammate Paulo Araujo Jr., made a looping run around the penalty box, and, finding no challengers, took an open shot from deep outside the 18 past late-diving Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon.
June 12, 2011 |
Considering the opponent on Saturday, the Union played one of the most impressive first halves in their brief existence. One scoring chance came after another as the pressure they applied on Real Salt Lake's defense was as suffocating as the weather. Both sides acknowledged that the Union could have had a sizable lead at intermission instead of a 1-0 edge. The Union paid for their inability to put away Real Salt Lake in the first 45 minutes, settling for a 1-1 draw in a Major League Soccer game in front of a sellout crowd of 18,728 at PPL Park in Chester.
April 11, 2014 |
IT WAS AN interesting week for the Union, what with trading one of the best young scorers in the MLS in exchange for a former No. 1 draft pick, releasing a veteran and earning a draw in Chicago. The week ahead gets no easier, beginning tomorrow, when the Union (1-1-3) returns to PPL Park for a difficult test against Real Salt Lake (2-0-3) at 4 p.m. Philadelphia will then have to prepare for two more games later in the week without forward Jack McInerney and midfielder Keon Daniel.
August 11, 2010
Who: Union (4-10-3) at Real Salt Lake (10-4-5) When: Tonight, 7:30 Where: PPL Park, Chester TV: 6.2 ABC (LiveWell network) Union injuries: Out: MF Shea Salinas (fibula fracture). Questionable: FW Danny Mwanga (groin); MF Stefani Miglioranzi (groin strain); DF Danny Califf (rib contusion). Probable: DF Jordan Harvey (groin strain); MF Roger Torres (ankle sprain). Real Salt Lake injuries: Probable: MF Kyle Beckerman (foot tendon tear); MF Javier Morales (ankle sprain)
April 12, 2014 |
Andrew Wenger lingered in the doorway of the media room Wednesday in PPL Park. He had stopped to shake hands with a couple of Union staffers. As he took his seat on the dais, he asked all in the room to say their names. Even though he is only 23, the Union's newest forward and star attraction has become adept at introductions. But he is hoping this is the last one he has to make for a while. Wenger, a former No. 1 overall pick acquired in a blockbuster trade with Montreal last week for Jack McInerney, is seeking the stability he never had with the Impact.
April 17, 2014 |
AT LEAST last Saturday, it was the Union that scored in the waning moments to snatch a tie from the jaws of defeat. But even though a lifeline header from midfielder Maurice Edu produced a 2-2 score with Real Salt Lake, it doesn't change the fact that it was necessary because the Union yet again surrendered a goal with less than 10 minutes to go in regulation. It started in the season opener when what should have been an outstanding win at Portland turned into a deflating, 1-1 draw, when the Timbers' Gaston Fernandez headed in a corner kick on virtually the last kick of the game.